The 12-18 March 2018 :Arnold Palmer Invitational / Bay Hill 7-day Tournament Experience Event was indeed a remarkable experience. The opportunty provided by the staff was a life time experience
Last week this time while vacationing in Orlando, I signed in to play a round of golf, the starter asked if I would mind pairing up with the two guys in line in front of me. I don't usually mind, it's a great way to meet new people, little did I know I would be getting paired up with two real life heros. From the introductions I could tell there was something special about Mike and John, they were super polite and extremely welcoming, I knew I was in for a great afternoon. We started talking and Mike told me about the On Course Foundation and what they do and that he and John were both "wounded warriors" but that obviously wasn't letting that hold either of them back. Having grown up in a military household and doing a lot of work with both active duty and veteran organizations we hit it off right away. We shared many laughs that afternoon (not just about our golf games). You would be hard pressed to find two better ambassadors for your organization. I look forward to working with them in the future and wish you nothing but the best. Merry Christmas!
My name is L. Craig, I recently attended an On Course Foundation event as a guest of another veteran in the organization. The event was a lot of fun but most importantly, it was well organized and informative. The coordinator Mike Lacey was an inspirational and gracious host who made me feel welcome from the start. I was invited to the foundation by a friend, I never expected to meet a new family...
My name is R. A. Headges. I greatly thank you On Course Foundation and specially Mike Lacy, for giving me and the rest of the Wounded Veterans, this amazing opportunity to experience and to participate in the 3 Day Golf Skills Improvement and Employment Event. We had an enjoyable time and we definitetely learned a lot about the golf industry.
To start. the management/opperations approach is centered upon creating extraordinary guess and member experiences by delivering superior service, preferred brands of clothing, golf carts, amenities and playing surfaces. The grounds operations is commited to achieving agronomic excellence, by using top of the line equipment, products, and improving upon proven techniques, which enables them to have one of the best playing surfaces in the Atlanta area. They maintain excellent turf health.
The food and beverage was a dinning experience. Great food selection. They ensure that the high level of quality food and service remains consistent. The formula for their success includes superior training, diverse menu selections, and affordable food and beverages.
We also learned about daily fee & marketing, events/golf tournaments scheduling and management operations.
Ms. Heidy and Anthony provided topnotch golf instructions to the participating veterans, making it a memorable experience. Veterans with various skills level and backgroung were able to participate in the instructions and even got to play golf.
These 3 days motivated us to discover more about the many opportunities your foundation has to offer. This experience was very helpful for me because. I was able to get out of the house and be myself around my fellow veterans. Participation in this program, with your support, has given me a boost of confidence in my everyday life.
My name is Jerry Graham and I was invited to participate with OCF by a fellow wounded veteran and it gave me an opportunity to be sociable with other wounded veterans from around the surrounding areas and be involved with learning more about golf. This organization is superb and the coordinator ( Mike Lacy) was caring and considerate. The experience has really been a learning opportunity and the knowledge obtained has helped me adjust as well as consider future opportunities to participate in the entire golf arena. The detailed overview of what it takes to support day to day course operations helped me appreciate the participants from in house to grounds keepers all the more. The lessons were informative for novice to experienced golfers and the willingness to assist those with special needs were second to none! Thank you Oncourse Foundation for the experience of a lifetime. I am going to share the experience with other veterans so that they too can have the excellent experience that OCF afforded me.
OCF is an amazing charity that assists wounded veterans to get their life "back on course". The events are run by OCF's US coordinator who is an injured retired Service Member, an American Hero, yet humble and kind in every way. The team of PGA professionals that assist from the Marriott Grande Vista in Orlando are second to none in their care and instruction of the injured former Service Members. OCF not only teaches these heroes the game of golf with intricate instruction, they assist these fine warriors in life skills, guiding them thru a difficult transition from service to civilian life. The events are top notch and I have witnessed first hand the participants' enrichment in all aspects of life thru the game of golf.
I want to thank On Course Foundation for being there when I needed a friend. I was feeling down and out and On Course Foundation came through helping me find employment in the golf industry. The friendship and camaraderie is something I was missing after I retired from the Army and now I have new found friend I can call on anytime. I've been able to move to a better position in the golf industry because On Course Foundation is always looking out for the veterans. I'll be forever grateful.
I have participated in two clinics with On Course Foundation, I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this family. I call it a family because that is how I feel after being around a great group of guys. I wanted information about the golf industry and On Course have provided much needed guidance. I hope more individuals can benefit as much as I have. Thanks to Marriott Grande Vista for hosting the clinics. Thanks for the instructors who take the time to come out and help veterans improve their game.
Ivan C. (Kissimmee, FL)
I have been involved with the On Course Foundation since the inception. In my professional opinion; this organization goes steps further then other golf foundations, seeing that On Course finds Ladies and Gentlemen jobs within golf. I have seen some awesome stories evolve from the On Course Foundation and it's members. This is attributed to how the instruction is delivered and the progression of the members through the program. I hope to be involved with On Course until I can not stand anymore. A truly wonderful program, staff and members that I would highly recommend to any injured or ill service member that would like to be involved with golf.
The On Course Foundation is by far the most professional foundation to rehabilitate injured and ill service members. Mike L, does a great job in recruitment and retention of the service members of all skill levels. The major difference in On Course from other golf charities is that they try to find employment for the injured and ill. I have worked with them for the past 6 years and look forward to all the events that we hold.
Donald Moyer, PGA
On Course came to my course for their training event and I was very impressed with their program for disabled veterans. I strongly recommend supporting this important cause.
Golf Therapy!!! This organization is amazing how they bring together Veterans from all over the states to learn how to play golf, better their game, make new friends, and even learn how to work in all aspects of a golf course. Cannot put into words how they change lives and how grateful I am to them for what they have done for my husband!
Hugely impressed with the On Course Foundation and the difference they have created in the lives of these heroes. Both humbling and inspiring – I would urge any golfer to get behind this great organization.
One of the most inspiring golf days I’ve been to. Amazing to see how golf can help these heroes. On Course Foundation is doing great work.
I would like to start my story of participation by extending my heart felt appreciation for everyone involved in the Qualifier at Kernwood Country Club! Special thanks to the staff and members of golf course! The pros were top notch and created a truly “professional feel” to the qualifier! Additionally the On-Course representatives were equally stellar! THANK YOU ALL!
Now, I am more than honored to have been invited to experience this fellowship of comrades. I struggle mightily with the mental anguish the toll of military conflict has had on all my being.
Physically golf has brought meaningful physical activity to my life. I have a personal motivation to go be active. I no longer feel as I have no means to remain active. Mental Stress Relief!
Mentally, returning to golf has changed my life. I have everything I need to stay, positively, mentally healthy! I am not sure the entire outcome of my future, but it will include the golf industry! It has given me a possible return to a socially productive life! I am not sure how long or if ever, but I now have a means to attempt a “Full Recovery!” I cannot tell you the positive life attitude it has created for me.
As for On-Course and my experience at Kernwood, It was life altering to say the least. I was able to go, WAAAAY, out of my comfort zone, and felt as safe as I have ever felt away from home! I suffer terrible anxiety and stress management. I never felt judged, not welcome, and totally accepted. (Even if embracing incidents happen)
The fellow veterans at this event were inspiring and truly motivating! I love the tight comradery of the guys fully committed to this program!! These guys are unbelievably positive and full of life! Hard not to feel free to laugh and have some refreshing locker room banter!
To end, I have been blessed to participate in this event. If you are reading this, it’s either you are a veteran or a potential donor!
Veterans: Not a better group to be involved with. IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Donors: Your money will be very well utilized to change the lives of many lost souls!
_Gerry, Shelton Washington
Great day to be alive, it is always a pleasure to listen and learn about golf opportunities. Tom Morrison (superintendent at Marriott Grande Vista) gave us some good insight about grounds keeping and how to enter the profession. Instruction was awesome, any day that I can come out and practice under the watchful eye of PGA professional Don Moyer I feel good. On Course Foundation I'm thankful for the invitation.
This day I can forget about my problems and just come out and have some fun with other veterans.
I have attended two On Course foundation 1 day clinics. The events where all first class from the coordination to the time we tee'd up the first ball. I enjoyed the information sharing of the program as much as I did the golf instruction and play. These events are extremely easy on the participant; which is key to those who struggle with being around people and getting out of the house. Mike Lacy has been extremely available and helpful during the process. I have increased my time outside the house working on my game in between events and I owe that all to the foundation. Thanks Dan McGuire
I have always enjoyed the game of golf. When I was injured in the military I thought those days of moving forward were over. It wasn't until joining up with On the Course Foundation USA, and all the help personally from John Dodds, was I able to find that true passion again. With their help, I now have a job at an amazing golf country club, where I'm able to immerse myself into the golf wold (in numerous areas). I'm able to learn more than I ever knew was possible, from some great people, and hopefully take my game to the next level. I couldn't be more appreciative for their help and guidance through the process of getting to this point. I now feel like my options in moving forward within the golf industry are limitless! Thank you, to everyone within On the Course Foundation. I will never forget, without them, I wouldn't be on this path I'm now on! https://www.instagram.com/tycampbell32/
This organization saved my life. If it wasn't for them getting me out of the house and on the course with my brothers and sisters in arms I would have ended my life a long time ago. Rehab thru golf and the On Course foundation provide an outlet for us to experience something other than four walls.
Having moved from the U.K last year the on course foundation USA have helped my transition into a new country. The staff involved are incredible and literally cannot do enough for you! This goes to the pros who give up their time and pass their experiences and knowledge onto us and the volunteers within the charity.
If your thinking of getting into golf and you are a veteran or already play then get in touch! Your connected with like minded people who have that connection regardless of what country they served. People of all experiences and abilities play together and one thing that is constant is the smile on the participants faces!
I had the honor of attending a Simpson Cup qualifier held by On Course Foundation. Everything about the qualifier was top notch. The staff was amazing in making sure everyone was having a great time. I use golf as a mental and physical recovery tool, and On Course does everything they say they do and more to help service members utilize golf as a recovery tool. I look forward to the next time I can attend an On Course Foundation event.